A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries: Volume 1: 1567-1784

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This is the first volume in a complete history of the documentation of English cant and slang from 1567 to the present. It gives unparalleled insights into the early history of slang, the people who used it, and how and why it was recorded. Well over a hundred glossaries of cant and slang were published between 1567 and 1784. The cant lists reveal the secret language allegedly used by thieves and beggars to conceal their illicit conspiracies: Dr Coleman investigates where and how they were produced and the relationship ...

A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries: Volume 1: 1567-1784 2008, Oxford University Press, USA, Oxford, England

ISBN-13: 9780199557097

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